“Rest content with the knowledge that [Christ] is His own Person, and with the Father and the Holy Spirit, is in your soul, substantially, really, literally; that He does everything you do with you, from the humblest duties to the highest. Your whole devotional life should consist in this companionship, accepted without ceremony, without intellectual or emotional effort, simply possessed and enjoyed, in perfect calmness and tranquility. You are to say nothing to our Lord except that which comes of itself, and that in the most homely words.” (Abbé Henri de Tourville. Letters of Direction. Harrisburg: Morehouse Publishing, 1939, 2001, p. 78.)
This counsel seeks to make a simple statement true of every Christian: “Christ really is in you.” How deeply do I live the reality of this truth? To what degree to I remember this moment to moment as I meet with others, solve problems, plan events and work on details? I think I’m more forgetful than I’d like to admit.
But instead of letting myself be loaded with guilt over this failure on my part, I will take it as a gracious reminder of God’s Spirit that He is patiently, kindly in me as I’ve trusted God through Him. I am learning to rely on His real presence in me. I don’t make it happen. I welcome communion with Him through grace by faith. He is generous. I learn to trust Him. Simple truth, but not always easy to remember.